How to get rid of Clover from Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Rob.0, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Rob.0 macrumors newbie

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    Early 2011 Macbook Pro, macOS Sierra 10.12.6.

    Somehow a program called Clover got installed on my machine and I think it's causing some issues. I didn't install it (according to my memory), but I want it gone as it seems to be screwing around with a few things.

    I use my MBP in clamshell mode, with external peripherals, and lately whenever it goes to sleep after 15mins or so, I can't wake it up and have to restart it. I became aware that Clover was on the machine after the first time this happened, as a "Clover" splash screen with boot options came up. I had no idea what it was.

    The other thing I've only just noticed is, when I click on "About this Mac", I get incorrect, info. It says it's a iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), which it's not.

    So how do I get rid of this thing and get everything back to normal?
     
  2. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    Can't you uninstall it like any other program by dragging it in the bin?

    Disclaimer:I never heard of clover
     
  3. aevan macrumors 68030

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  4. raqball macrumors 68000

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    I used AppCleaner for years and loved it! Finally broke down a while back and purchased CleanMyMac 3 which I can also highly recommend but it's not free like AppCleaner is.

    OP are you talking about Clover the boot loader? If so then that is going to be far more of a detailed removal.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Apparently Clover is an EFI Bootloader on the Mac
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/cloverefiboot/

    OP, how long have you had your Mac? Did you buy it used?
    Do you have Windows or Linux installed on another partition?

    It looks like your best bet is going to be to do some serious Googling of Clover and how to get rid of it
    From what I can tell, you may have to do a wipe and clean install of the drive to truly be rid of it
     
  6. raqball macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I had the same thought. It's going to be a pain to remove and I don't see how it could have been setup and configured without the OP knowing unless the machine was purchased 2nd hand.
     
  7. theluggage macrumors 68040

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    The Clover bootloader and bogus 'About this Mac' info are exactly what you'd find on a Hackintosh (i.e. a regular PC with MacOS installed on it). Sounds like someone has created a Hackintosh MacOS installer stick and installed from that. That means there could be all sorts of odd driver configurations on it, too.

    That's not something you could have done accidentally! Is it second-hand? Have you recently installed MacOS from a memory stick or CD of dubious provenance?

    I'd back up your files, re-download Sierra from the store (or boot from the recovery partition - if its still there) and do a disc-wipe and clean install.
     
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Follow theluggage's advice. It's a loader so you want to do a clean install.
     
  9. aevan macrumors 68030

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    Btw, what are the advantages of CleanMyMac over AppCleaner? I know it had things like trash cleanup and similar, but doesn’t the new macOS “Manage disk space” option does that too? Is it worth it?

    Also, one more recommendation for those that want to clean up things on their Mac: DaisyDisk.
     
  10. raqball macrumors 68000

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    Not sure if it adds any value that can't be done for free but it's a one stop convince shop for me. I didn't pay for $40 for it so here is a tip to get half off.. Download the trial and when you go to uninstall it, you'll get a half off offer before it does so. Click the link and bam! $20... I would not have paid $40 for it and was going to uninstall and use the other options like AppCleaner but for $20 I figured what the heck..
     
  11. aevan macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the tip!
     
  12. Rob.0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi again, apologise for the long delay on replying. So I finally got rid of it, as far as I can tell. For future reference, I followed some advice from someone on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/hackintosh/comments/4ueiww/how_to_remove_clover_if_you_accidentally/ who had a similar issue.
    I just typed in this command: diskutil mount /dev/disk0s1 to mount the EFI, and just deleted the entire EFI folder, then rebooted it. It went straight to the Apple logo, and my About Mac info is now back to normal...hopefully it doesn't shutdown when it goes to sleep now.

    As for the above questions:
    - I bought the Mac new, according to the EFI folder, it was created in October 2017...still no idea how it got installed, my mac is very secure both in terms of physical and online access...maybe it piggybacked another app I installed??
     
  13. moxin macrumors regular

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    Hello, I accidentally installed Clover Bootmanager on my Macbook Pro, please help me step by step how to restore, i have no data on my machine and i can clean install any macOS version
     
  14. reiichiroh macrumors regular

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    Something of a tangent: What would be the point of installing Clover on a genuine Mac?
     
  15. VictorTango777, Mar 26, 2018
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    VictorTango777 macrumors 6502

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    Don't fall for the oversimplified, misinformed hype of "just drag it to the trash".

    Device drivers, browser plugins, shared libraries, QuickLook plugins, context menu plugins, and other components are not applications that can "just drag to the trash". No need to bother saying "just look in Library or Extensions or Application Support..." because the (false) assumption is that *everything* has an icon that is visible in the /Applications folder.
     

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